Collection Overview

The principal subject areas contained within the Wolbach Library collection include astrophysics and related topics in physics, chemistry, applied mathematics, geophysics, and engineering (see Wolbach Collections Development Policy).  The Wolbach Library collection is comprised of materials of all types including books, journals, maps, charts,  microforms, and audio-visual resources, which total over one hundred thousand items in all.
Most items held by Wolbach Library are discoverable via the HOLLIS catalog.
Some Wolbach Library material is also housed in the Harvard Depository.  
Special Collections:
  • Astronomical Institutions (AI) Collection: contains historical publications issued by observatories worldwide. Along with the Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, Wolbach holds the most complete collection in the U.S. Many of these publications are unique.
  • International Astronomy/Astrophysics Thesis Collection: a select and expanding world wide collection from the 19th century on, cataloged individually and shelved together.
  • Harvard Astronomy Department Dissertations Collection: shelved alphabetically by author
  • Papers resulting from the Harvard Astronomy Department Research Tutorials
Physical Collections:
  • Books and materials in a broad range of subjects: astronomy, physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science, mathematics, etc.
  • Ephemerides
  • Charts & Atlases
  • Journals & Proceedings
  • Video Collection
  • Magazines/News Sources
Digital Collections:  See our Search & Find menu!
Collection Highlights
Astronomy Slide Collection: Slide sets available at the Wolbach Library, including itemized slide listings.
CfA Historical Bibliography: A collection of highlighted resources about the CfA's history.
CfA Newsletters: A recently digitized and searchable online collection of CfA Newsletters, accessible through CfA IP addresses or VPN authentication. SAO NEWS (1961-1973), CenterLine (1974-1981), CfA Almanac (1982-2000).
Microfilm Project: Items microfilmed as part of a preservation project carried out at Harvard University through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
Stars from the Wolbach Library Collection: Short slideshow of various items collected over the years.
Video Collection: Videos available at the Wolbach Library, including CfA Colloquia.
Women in Astronomy Bibliography: A collection of works by and about women in astronomy.